ENVI 235 Fall 2014 Environmental Political Theory

Cross Listed as PSCI235
What is the relationship between politics and nature? Today, this question has been given special urgency by the reality of environmental degradation and the efforts of social movements that seek a more sustainable future. But the nature-politics relationship is also a longstanding source of controversy and insight within the history of political thought. In this class, we will consider the efforts of both canonical and contemporary political theorists to fashion political principles suited to organizing the comportment of human communities towards non-human nature. The texts we read will prompt us to question common presuppositions about human nature and the material settings of political life. They will also challenge us to reconsider the actors, spaces, and knowledge that constitute politics. By putting contemporary scholarly and activist visions of environmental justice and sustainability into dialogue with works by Aristotle, Hobbes, Rousseau, and others, we will become more familiar with the theoretical roots of contemporary debates about the environment and better equipped to notice elisions in both past and present conceptions of nature and politics. The course will primarily be driven by discussion, often introduced by 15-20 minute lectures.
Class Format: lecture/discussion
Requirements/Evaluation: three papers of 5-7 pages each and class participation
Additional Info: please note that this is an introductory-level course with no prerequisites. First year students and those with no background in political theory are welcome, as are more experienced students
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Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preference: first year and sophomore students; then PSCI and ENVI majors/concentrators
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Divisional Attributes: Division II
Other Attributes: ENVI Humanities, Arts + Social Science Electives,ENVP PTL-A Group Electives,ENVP SC-B Group Electives,PSCI Political Theory Courses
Enrollment Limit: 25
Expected Enrollment: 25
Class Number: 1595
CLASSES ATTR INSTRUCTORS TIMES CLASS NUMBER ENRL CONSENT
ENVI 235 - 01 (F) LEC Environmental Political Theory Division 2: Social Studies Laura D. Ephraim
MW 08:30 AM-09:45 AM Stetson 501 1595
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